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Avon Canada is on a mission to empower young women to speak out against bullying and domestic violence through the company’s new Start SomethingTM bracelet campaign (see bottom of post for pics and prices).

Launching in September, Avon Canada will donate 100% of the net proceeds from each Start SomethingTM bracelet to the Canadian Women’s Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, which will fund anti-bullying and girls’ mentoring and empowerment programs across the country. Doubling as a 1 GB USB key, the Start SomethingTM bracelet will also help spread Avon’s message in classrooms and on campuses, where the abuse and bullying of young women has become increasingly prevalent.

“The facts are astounding,” says Roberta Lacey, Director of Communications & Events, Avon Canada. “Domestic violence will affect nearly one in three women worldwide. Our hope is that the Start SomethingTM campaign will create awareness and build confidence in young women to rally for change.”

Continuing its longstanding commitment to fight violence against women, Avon Canada will kick-start the Start SomethingTM campaign by donating $200,000 to the Canadian Women’s Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.

“We are so delighted to be a recipient of Avon’s new Start SomethingTM campaign that will support anti-bullying and domestic violence initiatives,” stated Bruce MacDonald, President & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. “Research tells us that girls who have a Big Sister are four times less likely to bully, fight or act out aggressively than girls without a mentor. Support from the Start SomethingTM campaign will enable us to broaden our impact of Big Sisters mentoring programs in newcomer communities and ensure that this proven anti-bullying program can positively affect even more girls.”

Avon Canada’s contribution will also support the launch of the Avon Safe & Sound program at the Canadian Women’s Foundation, which will help female victims of domestic violence recover and regain their confidence after abuse. Over the next three years, this new program will also strive to prevent future incidences of domestic violence by educating women and girls about safe and healthy relationships.

“Thanks to the Avon Safe & Sound program, we will be able to help 30,000 Canadian women and girls affected by abuse rebuild their lives,” says Kathryn Babcock, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. “Together with Avon, we hope this program will be a catalyst for positive change, empowering women to speak up against physical and sexual violence.”

For additional details and to find out how you can start something in your community, visit www.avon.ca/start .


Coming in Campaign 20 (September 2013)

Let our USB Key Bracelet open the door to confidence and empower young women to speak out against bullying and domestic violence. 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of each bracelet go to equally benefit the Canadian Women’s Foundation and Big Sisters mentoring programs across Canada.

Silicone USB Bracelet
The Avon Start SomethingTM USB Bracelet will sell for $9 (taxes extra).


Rhinestone USB Bracelet
A special edition Rhinestone Start SomethingTM USB Bracelet will sell for $20 (taxes extra). Not available in the brochure, but you can order online or ask your Independent Avon Representative.

Bye-bye to Frizzy Hair?

Posted by: DAWNin Show & Tell

My daughter has long, thick, wavy, amazing hair – everyone comments on it all the time. She loves it too, except for the frizz.   We’ve been looking for ways to control it, but still keep her hair healthy and manageable.

So we’ve decided to test Avon’s Advance Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield Anti-Frizz Treatment.  She has just started using it and the only issue so far is the portion amount recommended.  Because of the length and thickness of her hair, she needs to use more than the recommended dime-sized portion.  It more like two loonies (Canada’s one dollar coin), just to get through all her hair.  I’ll keep you posted as to how it goes.

She is also using Avon’s Advance Techniques Frizz Control Shampoo and Advance Techniques Frizz Control Conditioner.

I must say, right off the top, that Avon markets and sells its Bubble Bath as only bubble bath – Avon does not endorse nor support any other uses for their product, other than what it is:  Bubble Bath.  And a very good bubble bath at that. I’ve been using it for years. You get lots of bubbles, skin feels soft, and there is no bath tub ring to clean.

Okay, with that said, lots of people have come up with many interesting uses for Avon’s Bubble Bath. Here are a few:

For the Laundry (Please test for colorfast compatibility in an inconspicuous area prior to use.):

  • Laundry detergent – You won’t need fabric softener.  (One or two capfuls will do a whole load of wash.)
  • Hand washing delicates.  (including your delicate drapes.)
  • As a presoak – Use on heavily soiled laundry – GREAT for ring around the collar and greasy work clothes.
  • Grease stains on you best blouse from cooking (or eating)? Just rub straight bubble bath on the spots, let sit for a few minutes and then wash in the machine. Spots are gone.

In the Kitchen (Please test for colorfast compatibility in an inconspicuous area prior to use.):

  • Use as liquid dish soap.
  • All your appliances in your kitchen: stove, fridge, toasters, kettles and microwaves.
  • Clean your painted or real wood cupboards. Mix one capful to a gallon of warm water.

Around the House (Please test for colorfast compatibility in an inconspicuous area prior to use.):

  • Use as a window & mirror cleaner.
  • Clean bathroom fixtures and mirrors.
  • Shampoo carpets – whole room or a spot.
  • Wash walls and ceilings.
  • Wash Venetian blinds.
  • Use bubbles and sponge to shampoo furniture.
  • Cleans chandeliers and light fixtures.
  • Wash your plant leaves, they will shine. Then pour into soil as a fertilizer.
  • Upholstery stains come out by rubbing with a damp cloth dipped in full strength bubble bath. Do not wet the sponge with water. Water may leave a stain, the bubble bath won’t.

Miscellaneous (Please test for colorfast compatibility in an inconspicuous area prior to use.):

  • Clean your eyeglasses.
  • Put some scented bubble bath and a bit of water in your potpourri burner.
  • Use as a pet shampoo
  • Use to wash your vehicles inside and out – cars, mobile homes, RVs, and boats.

I have yet to try these (only have used it as bubble bath), but will be testing out of few of these and will give my thoughts an opinions about them in later blog posts.  If you have tried them, feel free to comment and let me know.

Online Brochures

Posted by: DAWNin Everything Else, Sneak Peeks

Listed under the Brochure tab, are the Current Campaign and Next Campaign Brochures, Magalogs, and Sale Flyers.

You can order from either Campaign, by their last submission date respectively (each Avon Rep has different order submission dates). The earlier you order the sooner your items can be reserved.

Please take note: Avon Canada no longer offers the option to back order from previous campaigns.